Adult Virtual Events
Information and Registration: Reference Department at 203-262-0626 ext. 130
All programs require registration unless otherwise noted. The majority of programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Southbury Public Library. Library programs are not funded by the town fiscal budget. Until further notice, all programs will be virtual. For all adult programs requiring registration, registrants will receive an email with the Zoom links the morning of the program.
Alice Paul and Geraldine Ferraro Lecture
Wednesday, March 10, 3-4pm, Online, Registration Required
Alice Paul: While most people are familiar with Susan B. Anthony, this outstanding woman was responsible for women to get the vote, and spent her whole life fighting for women's causes. Geraldine Ferraro: Geraldine Ferraro became famous for becoming the first female vice-presidential candidate representing a major American political party. How did she reach this pinnacle in her profession? Register here.
Celtic Music with the Jolly Beggars Online
Available from Monday, March 15 to Monday, March 29, Online, No Registration Required
The Jolly Beggars return with a rousing online performance of Celtic music! Their five piece ensemble will treat your ears to the music of guitars, mandolin, tin whistles, mandola, tenor banjo, double bass, bodhran (Celtic drums), spoons, and more. The program will be available on our Facebook Page from March 15 to March 29. More information can be found here.
Moviegoing in America: Nickelodeons to Movie Palaces to Imax to Netflix
Friday, March 19, 1-2:30pm, Online, Registration Required
Ever since the movie industry was born in the 1890's, audiences have thrilled to watch stories that come to life on the big screen-though the screen wasn't very big. This presentation will look at the fascinating history of movie theaters and examine how the experience has changed over the decades from the local nickelodeons, to movie palaces and drive-ins, to IMAX theatres to Netflix. Register here.
New Website Walkthrough
Wednesday, March 24, 3-4pm, Online, Registration Required
A reference librarian will show you how to get the most out of the Southbury Library's digital services. Learn how to: Download eBooks and audiobooks using Hoopla and Overdrive/Libby, access research databases, register for a program, submit questions, and request materials. Register here.
A Celebration of Women Composers
Thursday, March 25, 1-2:30pm, Online, Registration Required
Jeffrey Engel will highlight the lives and the music of several distinguished female composers and concert pianists who attained recognition and success during the nineteenth century. This lecture will be accompanied by the music of these composers performed by Jeffrey Engel. Register here.
Virtual Adult Book Clubs
Mystery Book Club
Monday, March 8, 3-4pm, Online, Registration Required
This month we'll be discussing The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz. There will be copies available in hard copy at the circulation desk. Digital audiobook copies are available through Hoopla. Register here.
Nonfiction Book Club
Wednesday, March 10, 10-11am, Online, Registration Required
This month we'll be discussing Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism and Progress by Steven Pinker. There will be copies available in hard copy at the circulation desk. Register here.
Tuesday Fiction Book Club
Tuesday, March 23, 3-4pm, Online, Registration Required
This month we'll be discussing The Last Romantics by Tara Conklin. There will be copies available in hard copy at the circulation desk. Digital ebooks and audiobooks are available through Hoopla. Register here.
Children and Teen Virtual Events
Information and Registration: Children/Teen Department at 203-262-0626 ext. 3
See below for information about our upcoming Children's and Teen Programming! All of our Children's and Teen Programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Southbury Public Library. Library programs are not funded by the town fiscal budget. Until further notice, all programs will be virtual. For all programs requiring registration, registrants will receive an email reminder with the Zoom links approximately 24 hours before the start of the program.
Drop-In Storytime (All Ages)
Monday, March 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29, 10:30am, Online, No Registration Required
Join us every Monday morning on the Youth Services Southbury Library Facebook Page. This storytime will be live at 10:30am and viewable after, with no Facebook account required to watch. Our Friend Miss Ann is back to share stories, songs, and a simple craft all themed around a different fun topic each week. Craft supplies can be picked up in the library after storytime and are available while supplies last (they go quickly!). Find more on our website here.
Storytime with Katie (All Ages)
Wednesday, March 3, 10, 17, 24, & 31, 10:30am, Online, No Registration Required
Join us online on the Youth Services Southbury Library Facebook Page (live at 10:30am and viewable after, no Facebook account required to watch) for a special virtual storytime and craft. Miss Katie will share stories, rhymes, and songs. Crafts can be picked up in the library after storytime and are available while supplies last (they go quickly!). Find more on our website here.
Special Events for Children:
Read Across America Day (All Ages)
Tuesday March 2, 12:00pm, Online, No Registration Required
Nutmegs and Nosh (Grades 4-6)
Tuesday, March 2, 9, & 16, 4pm, Online, No Registration Required
Tune in to our Southbury Library Youth Services Facebook page to join Miss Heather as we explore the Intermediate Nutmeg Nominees while enjoying a themed snack based on each title. Catch us live or watch it later! No Facebook account required to view. Find out more on our website here.
First Chapter Friday (Grades 1-5)
Friday, March 5, 12, 19, & 26, 4:00pm, Online, No Registration Required
Join Miss Heather on our Southbury Library Youth Services Facebook page as we explore some of our favorite chapter books each Friday afternoon. Catch us live or watch it later! No Facebook account required to view. Find out more on our website here.
Saturday Open House Take and Make Craft
Saturday March 6, 13, 20, & 27, All Day, Upstairs, No Registration Required
Stop by the Youth Services Department every Saturday to take a home a thematic craft (while supplies last)! Due to COVID-19 this program is Take & Make only. Find out more on our website here.
Food Explorers: Pretzel Bites (Ages 7 and Up and Their Families)
Thursday, March 11, 5-6pm, Online, Registration Required - Space Limited
Food Explorers is back! Join Katie, Registered Dietitian from Food Explorers to make homemade Pretzel Bites! This class will be conducted using Zoom. Find out the ingredients list and register on our website here.
Ashurst Academy of Irish Dance Virtual Performance (All Ages)
Saturday, March 13, 11am, Online, Registration Required
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with a vibrant virtual performance by the Ashurst Academy of Irish Dance! Riverdance and Lord of the Dance stars Craig and Christina Ashurst will lead a live virtual performance by the Ashurst Irish Dancers of traditional and contemporary Irish dances. After the performance, there will be an opportunity to learn a step yourself. Register on our website here!
STEAMonday: St. Patrick's Day Science (All Ages)
Monday, March 15, 4pm, Online, No Registration Required
Join Miss Heather for an afternoon of science fun! This month we're celebrating St. Patrick's Day with shamrock and rainbow crystals. Tune in to our Southbury Library Youth Services Facebook page at 4:00 pm to catch us live or watch later! No Facebook account required to view. Find more, including the ingredients list to follow along at home, on our website here!
Lois's Story: Bringing Home of the Brave to a New Audience Virtual Book Discussion (All Ages)
Wednesday, March 17, 5-6pm, Online, Registration Required
Join us on Zoom for a discussion about Lois's Story, a recent children's book from former First Selectman Ed Edelson and Artist/Illustrator Betty Ann Medeiros. This book uses the perspective of a young child to to examine the real events of 1937 in which Southbury prevented a Nazi training camp from being built in town. At this virtual author book event, they will discuss the motivation for writing the book, the challenges of putting the book together, and what they hope to achieve with its publication. Find out more or register on our website here.
Our Favorite Books (Grades 2-5)
Tuesday, March 23 & 30, 12-12:30pm, Online, No Registration Required
Join Miss Heather on our Southbury Library Youth Services Facebook page for a read aloud of some of our favorite stories each Tuesday afternoon. Catch us live or watch it later! No Facebook account required to view. Find out more on our website here.
Fluffy Wooden Alpaca Craft (for Grades 2-5)
Thursday, March 25, 4:30pm, Online, Registration Required
Join Miss Katie on Zoom for alpaca themed stories and a fun wooden alpaca craft. Everything you'll need to participate except scissors and glue will be provided in craft packets that can be picked up anytime after Friday, March 19 during open library hours. Find out more or register on our website here.
Special Events for Teens:
Math and Science Homework Help (Grades 6-12)
Thursday, March 4 & 18, 4-5pm, Online, Registration Required
Do you have a question about your science or math homework, or do you need some help understanding a concept from one of your STEM classes? Join us Zoom for some one-on-one help! Triloshan is a senior at Pomperaug High School who has been tutoring in math and science since middle school and currently tutors at Kumon. He has experience in many AP math and science classes, and enjoys tutoring at all levels of STEM topics. Find out more or register on our website here.
Teen DIY-to-Go: Felt Totoro Keychains (Grades 6-12)
Starting Monday, March 15 while supplies last
Pick up complete kits to make a Totoro keychain from the Teen Department starting Monday, March 15. Small enough to take anywhere, these cute keychains are much smaller than the Miyazaki character but just as friendly. Each kit will have instructions and all supplies needed (except scissors). You can work on the kits in your own time, or you can wait and work on them together with us during our Make and Take Monday Meetup (see below for more information)! To find out more about the kits, visit our website here.
Food Explorers: Creamy Gnocchi Soup (Grades 6-12)
Wednesday, March 24, 5-6pm, Online, Registration Required - Space Limited
Food Explorers is back! Join Katie, Registered Dietitian from Food Explorers to make Creamy Gnocchi Soup! We'll be making Sweet Potato Gnocchi from scratch and cooking them in a delicious creamy vegetable soup. Find out the ingredients list and register on our website here.
Virtual Craft Meetup: Totoro Keychains (Grades 6-12)
Monday, March 29, 4-5pm, Online, Registration Required
Join us for our Make and Take Monday Meetup! Join us to work on your Totoro keychain together, or to chat about how it went (note: if you are planning on working on it together, having your felt cut out before the program will help). Registrants will receive Zoom log in credentials; register on our website here.
The Friends of the Southbury Public Library
The Friends of the Southbury Public Library are sponsoring many of our fun virtual programs found on the calendar page of our website. In addition, the Friends book sale area in the lobby is still open! Stock is replenished daily. Gift-quality books, puzzles, boutique items, art history books, coffee table books, holiday books, cookbooks and audiovisual vinyl records, CDs and DVDs are available. Exact change or checks are requested as the library staff cannot make change and the Friends cannot accept credit cards for this sale. Set up with COVID shields for shopping protection.
For more information how to contact the Friends of the Southbury Public Library click here.
Brinker Fireplace Room Display of the Southbury Volunteer Firemen's Association Ladies' Auxillary
Gloria Cachion Art Gallery: Region 15 Art Show
March 2 - 29, 2021
This month, the Gloria Cachion Gallery features a selection of two-dimensional mixed media, paintings, photography and drawings created by Region 15 students in Kindergarten through 12th grade, including work from students in Advanced Placement Fine Art and Photography classes.
March is Youth Art Month, a program administered nationally by the Council for Art Education (CFAE) and is celebrated by the Southbury Public Library and the Region 15 community. This event emphasizes the value of art education for all students, encourages support for quality school art programs and provides a medium for recognizing skills developed through visual arts experiences.
The exhibit will be open during regular library hours March 2-29, 2021. Please visit our website to learn more.